May 182012

The Cowboys had one of the worst interior offensive lines in the league last year. Center Phil Costa led the league in botched snaps and wasn’t much better as a blocker, while guards Montrae Holland and Kyle Kosier were mediocre and consequently let go this offseason. The Cowboys brought in Nate Livings, one of the worst starters in the league last year, from Cincinnati to start at left guard and they were expecting fellow free agent acquisition Mackenzy Bernadeau to step in at right guard, even though he has never been a regular starter in his career.

However, Bernadeau suffered a hip injury earlier this week and needed surgery that would sideline him for roughly 3 months, which would make him unavailable for a large portion of Training Camp and maybe the Preseason, which would hurt his chances to establish himself as the starter. ESPN Dallas’ Calvin Watkins believes that the job is now David Arkin’s to lose. Arkin barely played last year, but was a 4th round pick out of Missouri State in the 2011 NFL Draft. There was also some talk Arkin could be cut earlier this offseason, which shows just how thin they are inside. It’s a wonder they didn’t address the interior line through the draft.

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